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Where to Go from Here

Evaluate your readiness for the Network+ exam. Specifically, CompTIA recommends that an exam candidate have 9–12 months of work experience with networking technologies. If you have that experience, picking up the concepts presented in study materials and classes will be much easier.

Although CompTIA does not require the A+ certification as a prerequisite for the Network+ certification, they recommend you have an equivalent level of knowledge. Therefore, if you are just entering the world of IT and have not yet worked with computers (such as operating systems, PC hardware, and troubleshooting), you might want to pursue A+ certification prior to working toward Network+ certification.

After attaining your Network+ certification, your next step could be to focus on a specific technology or vendor. Many people choose Cisco Systems' entry-level Routing and Switching certification of CCENT or CCNA. You also may want to consider the CompTIA Security+ certification, which is another vendor-neutral certification, focused on security. The great news is that the foundation you have established with Network+ will serve you well, regardless of which technology or vendor you choose as you continue your studies and training.

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